Stitch Top 3 Book of 2012 @ A Thousand Lives!

Wanted to share some awesome news – Stitch was selected as one of the Top 3 books of 2012 by A Thousand Lives book blog!  Take a look at what Jannah and Nicki had to say about Stitch:

This book had a little bit of everything and weaved it all together in perfect harmony. This is Durante’s debut novel and I believe the girl has a really bright future as an author if this book is any indication of things yet to come.

I’m BEYOND honored for Stitch to be included on this truly awesome list of amazing books/authors.  If you’re looking to pile up your TBR, definitely swing by A Thousand Lives and check it out!

Once again, HUGE thanks to Nicki and Jannah for taking a chance on Stitch!  And Happy New Year to all!

Shudder News! & Stitch Review @ Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Exciting news!!  I’ve officially started on Shudder.  Yay!!!

My mind has been in overdrive the past couple days planning and researching the major plot points of the book, and I’m starting now to outline each chapter…  Will keep you updated as I progress!

Also, awesome new review up this week at Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer!  Check it out:

Stitch delivered a fast paced, original tale with characters I immediately identified with. What started out as an intriguing ghost story quickly morphed into a gripping dystopian and I cannot wait for the next installment.

Swing by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer for the rest, and thanks so much to Kim for taking the time to read and review Stitch!

Featured Author & Paperback/Ebook Giveaway @ 12 Nights of Christmas

Merry Christmas Eve!  I’m very honored to be have been chosen as one of the featured authors for the 12 Nights of Christmas event hosted by Ana of Beach Bum Reads and Neyra of Darkest Addictions.  There’s a SUPER fun interview up today along with a giveaway of both a paperback and e-book copy of Stitch!  Check it out:

Stage Crew:  YOU’RE GOING LIVE IN 5 – 4 – *silently mouths and counts down with fingers – 3 – 2 – 1 – then points at Ana to start*

Ana: Welcome back to 12 Nights of Christmas: Author Spotlight! My name is Ana and this *gestures to Neyra* here is my co-host Neyra. Joining us tonight we have Stitch author Samantha Durante *smiles and looks over as Samantha walks onto the set*


Neyra: *Smiles & hugs Samantha* Welcome Samantha, and thank you for joining us this lovely evening!

Ana: Welcome, Samantha. *stands and gives Samantha a hug*

Neyra: *turns to camera* As Ana mentioned, Samantha is the author of Stitch, a brand new young adult sci-fi/fantasy series where nothing and no one is as they seem. *looks towards Samantha* Before we get to your baby, would you mind telling our viewers about yourself?

Samantha: Sure!  First off, I’m SO excited to be here!  I’ve really been enjoying all the 12 Nights of Christmas interviews and I’m beyond honored to be included in this amazing group of authors and bloggers.  The whole author thing is actually quite new to me – Stitch is my first book and was only released in August – but so far it’s been just incredible to share my work with readers and hear their reactions!

This is a long, exciting interview, so be sure to catch the rest at Darkest Addictions or Beach Bum Reads in between all your holiday excitement, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway while you’re there!  (And you can find any of the author/blogger spotlights and giveaways you missed from the other days of the event here!  The giveaways are all open until 12/31.)

Thank you SO MUCH to Ana and Neyra for being such huge supporters of Stitch and a Merry Christmas to you all!

Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas!

If you’re on your way out the door to pick up some last minute holiday gifts, don’t take those PJs off just yet!  Check out this quick list of ideas that are affordable, convenient, AND support your local indie author.  And since they’re e-books, they’re guaranteed to get here by Christmas!

Frost by Kate Avery Ellison

Only $2.99 – Lia’s village plagued by lethal monsters lurking in the forest and struggling to just survive in the brutal cold… but things heat up when a mysterious refugee from the neighboring country lands on her doorstep.  I literally read this one and the sequel in one day – riveting!

Impossible by Komal Lewis

Only $.99 – A super fun retelling of your classic high school drama – the cliques, the mean girl cheerleaders, the grungy bad boy and all!  If you liked the movies Bring It On or Drive My Crazy, you’ll LOVE Impossible!

Here (On the Otherside) by Denise Grover Swank

Only $0.99 – Julia is wracked with guilt after killing her best friend in a car accident, and her life is only further complicated when the heartthrob of her high school suddenly starts paying her attention… but what you don’t see coming is that he’s not exactly who he appears to be..  Get ready for an awesome dystopian twist!

Stitch by Samantha Durante

Only $2.99 – Shameless, I know, haha.  But if you liked Twilight and The Hunger Games, you’ll definitely enjoy the unique mix of paranormal romance and dystopian sci-fi in Stitch!

Need more ideas? Check out the Kindle Indie Book Store!

TONS more quality books at fantastic prices, in any genre you can imagine.  The reviews don’t lie – there’s lots of greatness to be had from independent authors publishing through Amazon’s platform.  So put your slippers back on and finish your holiday shopping here!

Ebook Giveaway & 4-Star Review @ The Muse Unleashed

Head over to The Muse Unleashed today to check out a 4-star review and enter the giveaway for an e-book copy of Stitch!  Here’s a sneak peek of what Carrie had to say:

Samantha Durante built up the tension at the end of the novel that had me digitally flipping fast and furious to find out what would happen. I look forward to the next book in her series.

Don’t miss the rest – and your chance to win – at The Muse Unleashed!  Big thanks to Carrie for hosting Stitch!

Giveaway & 5-Star Review @ Fundimental

Need a little (more) excitement this holiday season?  Check out this Stitch e-book giveaway at Fundinmental!  And in case you think no one ever wins these things, Sherry was the winner of one of the giveaways during the Stitch Blog Tour – you could be next!!

While you’re there, don’t miss the 5-star review:

Wow. Samantha led me down a twisted road. What a great journey. I loved it. I wondered where the idea came from to start with this, then go here, then there. Wow again. I haven’t read a book quite like this and am eagerly anticipating the next one.

Good luck in the giveaway!  And a big thanks to Sherry for hosting Stitch!

Announcement: Stitch available to borrow FREE from Kindle Owners’ Lending Library

I’m very excited to announce that Stitch is now available in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library!

What does this mean?  In short, if you’re an Amazon Prime member (and come on, who doesn’t want free 2-day shipping on everything?), you can borrow Stitch for FREE!

More info about the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library available on here.  Happy reading!


Last call for Shudder requests!

Hey Stitch fans – exciting news!  In the next few weeks I’m going to begin writing Shudder, so this is your LAST CHANCE to give me feedback on what you want to see in the next book of the trilogy.

What questions were you left with at the end of Stitch?  Who do you want to see more of? What are you hoping will happen between Alessa and Isaac?  Whatever you’ve got to say, I want to hear it!

So far, these are the requests I’ve picked up from your reviews:

  • More romance between Isaac and Alessa
  • More action
  • More explanation of how Paragon came to be
  • More Isaac
  • More Janie
  • More Nikhil (note: I wasn’t originally planning to bring Nikhil back, but I’ve revised the story line to incorporate this request since I heard from so many people – I really AM listening!)
  • And keep bringing the twists!

Do you agree with the above?  And is there anything else you’d like me to take note of before I start putting Shudder to paper?  Let me know your thoughts in this quick Facebook poll.  (Or just go ahead and leave a comment or email me!)

Thanks again for all your support!  I can’t WAIT to get started on Shudder!


Author Interview @ All Fantasy Worlds

Great author interview up today at All Fantasy Worlds!  Here’s a sneak peek:

5. Do you have any favorite ghost stories?

I love ALL ghost stories, especially real ones…  One of my friends tells a great one that he claims happened to him in Tokyo on a train platform late one night.  My friend noticed that the only other person on the platform was this odd-looking older gentleman in a bowler hat, but he didn’t think too much of it since he was ALL the way at the other end of the platform, and it’s not unheard of for people in Tokyo to wear interesting clothes.  So my friend glances down at his phone to check the time, and when he looks up like two seconds later, all of a sudden the guy is standing RIGHT next to him!  Creepy!  Needless to say, he decided to take a taxi home, haha.

Lots more goodness in this interview, including dystopias, self-publishing, writer advice, and more!  Don’t miss the rest at All Fantasy Worlds!  HUGE thanks to Oana for interviewing me!!

Announcement: Winners of the Big Giveaway!

Hey Stitch fans!  Good news – the winners of the HUGE November Giveaway have been selected!

If you are a winner, you should have already received an email from me today with details of how to claim your prize.

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone entered!  This contest was a huge success, and it’s all thanks to your enthusiasm.  You guys are the best!!

Giveaway Winners

LOTS more on this list – click the image to see the full listing of winners!